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How Do You Handle Power?

“Society at the bottom is when propriety and concern for other people goes out the window; then the gates of hell are surely opened and ignorance is king.”

And adding to the thought above, not only is ignorance king, but cruelty replaces kindness; the thought and action of honoring a sister or brother does not even enter the power hungry person’s mind. This kind of snobbery can happen on a political and national level, and it can happen on a very personal one on one level. What is the motive behind this kind of behavior? The power hungry person desires to bring honor to himself or herself. In so doing, they really want to make themselves a god, having power over the “mere mortal.”

Cain had power. He used it to kill Abel. He was jealous. He wanted the recognition that Abel was getting. Cain believed just eliminating his brother would be to him a benefit; he wouldn’t have to deal with him any longer. Now his pride could flourish. But in the end Cain was banished.

But may the opposite of what can be said about anyone who is power hungry be said about the believer. This is what Yeshua said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for the will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

G-d’s word says that He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Pride and Power always go hand in hand!

Do we use our lives, not to seek power and recognition, but to seek G-d’s will and to do it? How do we bring unity among the brethren and how do we honor our fellow believers? These are the things that build the Kingdom of God. These are the things that get the Bride ready. These are the things that give the Bride a beautiful fragrance that the Messiah will recognize and welcome. What are the mitzvoth we are doing for our brothers? They are horizontal good deeds – man to man – these horizontal good deeds are the commandments that make us holy!

Yeshua summed this all up so simply: Do unto others as you would have others do to you! It’s so simple really! If you happen to be in a position of power, use it to do good to the brethren.

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